Some commentators are denigrating Apple's new products. But I think I see the logic to the "poor designs."
Let's take the leather case. US$99 for something with just one hole for slipping the iPod in and out. The complaint is that you have to take out the iPod to (1) see the display, such as videos and (2) use the controls.
Then there's the boombox. $350 (or something like that) for a set of speakers into which the iPod is plugged. The complaints are that it's ugly (true), it's overpriced (true), and that it's under-featured (also true). I particularly don't understand the part about it needing six D-cell batteries for portable use: who can afford that???
Here is what I think Apple might have been thinking...
With these two products, they are stepping on the toes of third-party developers. I wonder if Apple made them underwhelming to keep the peace. If you want a better product for a lower price, then get the third-party stuff. If you want the stuff with the real Apple logo, then pay up for your haughtiness.